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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334712/-the-effect-of-ambient-pm-10-on-sperm-quality-in-wuhan
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X C Wang, X J Tian, B Ye, L Ma, Y Zhang, J Yang
Objective: To investigate the effect of exposure to particulate matter ≤10 μm in aerodynamic diameter (PM(10)) on sperm quality in different stages of sperm development. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 1 827 patients attending the reproductive medicine center in Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University during April 2013 to January 2015. Air pollution data from January 2013 to January 2015 was obtained from the database of Wuhan Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. The generalized linear model was employed to assess the association between each exposure variables and sperm parameters for several exposure windows (0-9, 10-14, 15-69, 70-90, 0-90 days before sampling) ...
January 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334682/body-mass-index-and-plasma-p-selectin-before-coronary-stenting-predict-high-residual-platelet-reactivity-at-6-months-on-dual-antiplatelet-therapy
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Elena Z Golukhova, Marina V Grigoryan, Mariya N Ryabinina, Naida I Bulaeva, Victor L Serebruany
BACKGROUND: High residual platelet reactivity (HRPR) during dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) may impact clinical outcomes following percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). However, whether any biomarkers assessed before PCI at DAPT loading may predict delayed maintenance HRPR is not clear. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether conventional clinical or laboratory indices at loading before stenting may predict HRPR at 6 months of maintenance DAPT...
January 16, 2018: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334610/phase-ii-study-of-dovitinib-in-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-kcsg-gu11-05
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Yoon Ji Choi, Hye Sook Kim, Se Hoon Park, Bong-Seog Kim, Kyoung Ha Kim, Hyo Jin Lee, Hong Suk Song, Dong-Yeop Shin, Ha Young Lee, Hoon-Gu Kim, Kyung Hee Lee, Jae Lyun Lee, Kyong Hwa Park
Purpose: Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signals are important in carcinogenesis and progression of prostate cancer. Dovitinib is an oral, pan-class inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR), platelet-derived growth factor receptor, and fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR). We evaluated the efficacy and toxicity of dovitinib in men with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Materials and Methods: This study was a single-arm, phase II, open-label, multicenter trial of dovitinib 500mg/day (5-days-on/2-days-off schedule)...
January 2, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334603/multicenter-phase-ii-study-of-oxaliplatin-irinotecan-and-s-1-as-first-line-treatment-for-patients-with-recurrent-or-metastatic-biliary-tract-cancer
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Changhoon Yoo, Boram Han, Hyeong Su Kim, Kyu-Pyo Kim, Deokhoon Kim, Jae Ho Jeong, Jae-Lyun Lee, Tae Won Kim, Jung Han Kim, Dae Ro Choi, Hong Il Ha, Jinwon Seo, Heung-Moon Chang, Baek-Yeol Ryoo, Dae Young Zang
Purpose: Although gemcitabine plus cisplatin has been established as the standard first-line chemotherapy for patients with advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC), overall prognosis remains poor. We investigated the efficacy of a novel triplet combination of oxaliplatin, irinotecan, and S-1 (OIS) for advanced BTC. Materials and Methods: Chemotherapy-naive patients with histologically documented unresectable or metastatic BTC were eligible for this multicenter, single-arm phase II study...
January 8, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334457/new-mechanism-for-ferroelectricity-in-the-perovskite-ca2-xmnxti2o6-synthesized-by-spark-plasma-sintering
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Zongyao Li, Yujin Cho, Xiang Li, Xinyu Li, Akihisa Aimi, Yoshiyuki Inaguma, Jose Antonio Alonso, Maria Teresa Fernandez-Diaz, Jiaqiang Yan, Michael C Downer, Graeme Henkelman, John B Goodenough, Jianshi Zhou
Perovskite oxides hosting ferroelectricity are particularly important materials for modern technologies. The ferroelectric transition in the well-known oxides BaTiO3 and PbTiO3 is realized by softening of a vibration mode in the cubic perovskite structure. For most perovskite oxides, octahedral-site tilting systems are developed to accommodate the bonding mismatch due to a geometric tolerance factor t = (A-O)/[√2(B-O)] < 1. In the absence of cations having lone-pair electrons, e.g. Bi3+ and Pb2+, all simple and complex A-site and B-site ordered perovskite oxides with a t < 1 show a variety of tilting systems and none of them become ferroelectric...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334454/aurophilic-interactions-in-l-au-x-%C3%A2-l-au-x-dimers-calibration-by-experiment-and-theory
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Erik Andris, Prokopis Andrikopoulos, Jiří Schulz, Jan Turek, Aleš Růžička, Jana Roithová, Lubomír Rulíšek
Attractive metallophilic (aurophilic, argentophilic, cuprophilic, …) interactions play an important role in arrangement and stabilization of oligonuclear metal ion complexes. We report a combined experimental and theoretical assessment of aurophilic interactions in closed-shell gold(I) dimers. The experimental binding energies were obtained for charged [(LH)AuCl]+…[(L')AuCl] dimers (L is either a phosphine or a N-heterocyclic carbene ligand) in the gas phase. These energies served for benchmarking of correlated quantum chemical calculations (CCSD(T)-calibrated SCS-MP2/CBS method) that were then applied to neutral [(L)AuX]…[(L')AuX] dimers (X = Cl, Br, I)...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334398/formation-of-shelf-stable-pickering-high-internal-phase-emulsions-hipe-through-the-inclusion-of-whey-protein-microgels
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Somayeh Zamani, Nicholas Malchione, Michael J Selig, Alireza Abbaspourrad
High internal phase emulsions (HIPE) prepared using whey protein microgels (WPMs) as a surfactant were demonstrated to have substantially higher stability than HIPEs prepared using similar loadings of non-gelled whey protein isolate (WPI) or Tween 20. Microgel colloids were prepared from WPI solutions by heat treatment at 85 °C in a narrow pH range (5.8-6.0) to particle sizes of approximately 90, 160 and 350 nm in diameter. ζ-potentials of the WPM increased in negativity with decreasing particle size from -7...
January 15, 2018: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334393/facile-fabrication-and-characterization-of-two-dimensional-bismuth-iii-sulfide-nanosheets-for-high-performance-photodetector-applications-under-ambient-conditions
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Weichun Huang, Chenyang Xing, Yunzheng Wang, Zhongjun Li, Leiming Wu, Dingtao Ma, Xiaoyu Dai, Yuanjiang Xiang, Jianqing Li, Dianyuan Fan, Han Zhang
Two-dimensional (2D) bismuth(iii) sulfide (Bi2S3) nanosheets as non-toxic graphene-like nanomaterials were successfully fabricated by a facile liquid phase exfoliation (LPE) method. A robust photodetector employing a Bi2S3 nanosheet film has been fabricated for the first time via a facile fabrication process on an ITO-coated glass. UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopy techniques were carried out and they confirmed the inherent optical and physical properties of Bi2S3 nanosheets. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) measurements demonstrate that a significantly higher photocurrent density (42 μA cm-2) and enhanced photoresponsivity (210 μA W-1), at a lower bias potential in alkaline solution, of the Bi2S3 nanosheet-based photodetector are achieved, compared with those of other 2D nanomaterial-based photodetectors under light irradiation...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334389/effect-of-coordination-geometry-on-the-magnetic-properties-of-a-series-of-ln2-and-ln4-hydroxo-clusters
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Amaleswari Rasamsetty, Chinmoy Das, E Carolina Sañudo, Maheswaran Shanmugam, Viswanathan Baskar
A series of three isostructural tetranuclear complexes with the general molecular formula [Ln4(μ3-OH)4(L)4(μ2-piv)4(MeOH)4] (Ln = Gd 1, Dy 2 and Ho 3; LH = [1,3-bis(o-methoxyphenyl)-propane-1,3-dione]) were isolated and unambiguously characterized by single crystal XRD. Under similar reaction conditions, simply changing the co-ligand from pivalate to 2,6-bis(hydroxymethyl)-p-cresol (LH'3) led to the isolation of dinuclear Ln(iii) complexes with the general molecular formula [Ln2(L)4(μ2-LH'2)2]·4DMF (Ln = Gd 4, Dy 5 and Ho 6)...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334145/colloidal-cobalt-phosphide-nanocrystals-as-trifunctional-electrocatalysts-for-overall-water-splitting-powered-by-a-zinc-air-battery
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Hui Li, Qi Li, Peng Wen, Trey B Williams, Shiba Adhikari, Chaochao Dun, Chang Lu, Dominique Itanze, Lin Jiang, David L Carroll, George L Donati, Pamela M Lundin, Yejun Qiu, Scott M Geyer
Highly efficient and stable electrocatalysts, particularly those that are capable of multifunctionality in the same electrolyte, are in high demand for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), oxygen evolution reaction (OER), and oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). In this work, highly monodisperse CoP and Co2 P nanocrystals (NCs) are synthesized using a robust solution-phase method. The highly exposed (211) crystal plane and abundant surface phosphide atoms make the CoP NCs efficient catalysts toward ORR and HER, while metal-rich Co2 P NCs show higher OER performance owing to easier formation of plentiful Co2 P@COOH heterojunctions...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334131/a-bayesian-method-for-accelerated-magnetic-resonance-elastography-of-the-liver
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Christopher Ebersole, Rizwan Ahmad, Adam V Rich, Lee C Potter, Huiming Dong, Arunark Kolipaka
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance elastography is a noninvasive tool for quantifying soft tissue stiffness. Magnetic resonance elastography has been adopted as a clinical method for staging liver fibrosis. However, the application of liver magnetic resonance elastography requires multiple lengthy breath-holds. We propose a new data acquisition and processing method to reduce magnetic resonance elastography scan time. METHODS: A Bayesian image reconstruction method that uses transform sparsity and magnitude consistency across different phase offsets to recover images from highly undersampled data is proposed...
January 15, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334125/determination-of-isoorientin-levels-in-rat-plasma-after-oral-administration-of-vaccinum-bracteatum-thunb-methanol-extract-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Min-Ji Kim, Seung-Hwan Kwon, Choon-Gon Jang, Han-Joo Maeng
A simple, sensitive and rapid liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry method (LC-MS/MS) was developed and validated for the determination of plasma isoorientin levels in rats. After simple protein precipitation using methanol, chromatographic analysis was performed using a Synergi 4μ polar-RP 80A column (150 mm × 2.0 mm, 4 μm) under isocratic conditions and a mobile phase consisting of 0.1% formic acid in water and methanol (80:20, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.2 mL/min. In positive electrospray ionization mode, the protonated precursor and product ion transitions of isoorientin (m/z 449...
January 15, 2018: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333946/does-inside-passing-contribute-to-the-high-incidence-of-groin-injuries-in-soccer-a-biomechanical-analysis
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Thomas Dupré, Johannes Funken, Ralf Müller, Kristian R L Mortensen, Filip Gertz Lysdal, Markus Braun, Hartmut Krahl, Wolfgang Potthast
Groin injuries are common in soccer and often cause time-loss from training. While groin injuries have been linked to full effort kicking, the role of inside passing is unclear. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate hip joint kinematics and muscle force, stress and contraction velocity for adductor longus and gracilis during inside passing. 3D kinematics of ten soccer players (23.4 yrs; 77.5 kg; 1.81 m) were captured with a motion capture system inside a Footbonaut. Muscle force and contraction velocity were determined with AnyBody Modelling System...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333857/active-site-revealed-for-water-oxidation-on-electrochemically-induced-%C3%AE-mno2-role-of-spinel-to-layer-phase-transition
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Yefei Li, Zhi-Pan Liu
Seeking for active MnOx material as artificial water splitting catalyst has been a long history since the discovery of PSII system in Nature. To date, the highest activity MnOx catalyst reported for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is however not common MnO2 polymorphs (α-, β-, δ-MnO2), but nascent δ-MnO2 layer produced in situ from spinel under electrochemical conditions with unknown active site structure. Here with the stochastic surface walking (SSW) pathway sampling method, we for the first time resolve the atomic-level mechanism of spinel-to-layer Mn3O4 solid phase transition in aqueous electrolyte...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333852/synthesis-of-mip-nanoparticles-for-%C3%AE-casein-detection-using-spr-as-a-milk-allergen-sensor
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Jon Ashley, Yunus Shukor, Roberta D'Aurelio, Linda Trinh, Thomas Lawrence Rodgers, Jeff Temblay, Mike Pleasants, Ibtisam E Tothill
Food recalls due to undeclared allergens or contamination are costly to the food manufacturing industry worldwide. As the industry strives for better manufacturing efficiencies over a diverse range of food products, there is a need for the development of new analytical techniques to improve monitoring the presence of unintended food allergens during the food manufacturing process. In particular, the monitoring of wash samples from cleaning in place systems (CIP), used in the cleaning of food processing equipment, would allow for the effective removal of allergen containing ingredients in between food batches...
January 15, 2018: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333810/the-value-of-acute-phase-reactants-and-lightcycler%C3%A2-septifast-test-in-the-diagnosis-of-bacterial-and-viral-infections-in-pediatric-patients
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Gulcin Bozlu, Huseyin Tanriverdi, Gonul Aslan, Necdet Kuyucu
INTRODUCTION: This study was performed to investigate the value of acute phase reactants and LightCycler® SeptiFast test to differentiate bacterial and viral infections. POPULATION AND METHODS: Children with fever were enrolled to this prospective study. Peripheral white blood cell (WBC), C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT) were studied from all patients on day 1, 3 and 7. Blood culture and chest X-ray were also obtained on day 1. Blood samples for LightCycler® SeptiFast test were obtained in all patients to use them if there was uncertain diagnosis between bacterial or viral infection...
February 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333725/chemoreflex-function-and-brain-blood-flow-during-upright-posture-in-men-and-women
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Christopher Hazlett, Heather Edgell
Orthostatic intolerance is more common in women than men, and some studies have found that women in the early follicular (EF) phase of the menstrual cycle experience the greatest feelings of lightheadedness. Chemoreflex function while supine or upright was investigated to determine the potential contribution of ventilatory control to these phenomena. Men (n = 13) and women (n = 14) were tested while supine and 70° upright (head-up tilt [HUT]) and given: (1) normoxia or (2) hypercapnia (5% CO2 ). Women were tested during the EF phase (days 2-5) and the midluteal phase (ML; days 18-24)...
January 2018: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333655/preparation-of-high-percentage-1t-phase-transition-metal-dichalcogenide-nanodots-for-electrochemical-hydrogen-evolution
#18
Chaoliang Tan, Zhimin Luo, Apoorva Chaturvedi, Yongqing Cai, Yonghua Du, Yue Gong, Ying Huang, Zhuangchai Lai, Xiao Zhang, Lirong Zheng, Xiaoying Qi, Min Hao Goh, Jie Wang, Shikui Han, Xue-Jun Wu, Lin Gu, Christian Kloc, Hua Zhang
Nanostructured transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are proven to be efficient and robust earth-abundant electrocatalysts to potentially replace precious platinum-based catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). However, the catalytic efficiency of reported TMD catalysts is still limited by their low-density active sites, low conductivity, and/or uncleaned surface. Herein, a general and facile method is reported for high-yield, large-scale production of water-dispersed, ultrasmall-sized, high-percentage 1T-phase, single-layer TMD nanodots with high-density active edge sites and clean surface, including MoS2 , WS2 , MoSe2 , Mo0...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333616/determination-of-vitamins-k1-mk-4-and-mk-7-in-human-serum-of-postmenopausal-women-by-hplc-with-fluorescence-detection
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Eva Klapkova, Jana Cepova, Katerina Dunovska, Richard Prusa
BACKGROUND: New high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method was developed for the determination of vitamin K1 and two forms of vitamin K2 (MK-4 and MK-7) in human serum, and the levels of vitamin K were determined in 350 samples of postmenopausal women. METHODS: Vitamin K was determined by HPLC with fluorescence detection after postcolumn zinc reduction. The detection was performed at 246 nm (excitation) and 430 nm (emission). The internal standard and 2 mL of ethanol were added to 500 μL of serum...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333613/pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-clinical-use-of-trazodone-and-its-active-metabolite-m-chlorophenylpiperazine-in-the-horse
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J L Davis, J Schirmer, E Medlin
Trazodone is a serotonin receptor antagonist and reuptake inhibitor used extensively as an anxiolytic in human and small animal veterinary medicine. The aims of this study were to determine the pharmacokinetics of oral trazodone in experimental horses and to evaluate the effect of oral trazodone in clinical horses. Six experimental horses were administered trazodone at 7.5 or 10 mg/kg. Plasma concentrations of trazodone and its metabolite (m-CPP) were determined via UPLC-MS/MS. Noncompartmental pharmacokinetic analysis, sedation and ataxia scores were determined...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
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